Edinburgh Festival buzz: Neil Gaiman, Snakes! The Musical, Death Ship 666!
Hamish Gibson has been blogging for WOW247 about the buzz hits at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.
Acclaimed English author and graphic novelist Neil Gaiman spoke at the Book Festival last week. The man behind The Sandman and episodes of Doctor Who wove together the complex nature of childhood experience and memory, as explored in his new novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
— Satish (@asianastroboy) August 23, 2013
— Hilary (@aitchclarke) August 22, 2013
Now this is a show I can personally attest to being one of the funniest things I’ve seen this year, really. Quite Nice Theatre’s Snakes! The Musical is a musical adaptation of the Samuel L. Jackson cult classic Snakes on a Plane. Staged as three performers pitching their £50 million West End vision to a crowd of producers, the show features no props or special costumes, but it does feature an array of Broadway-style musical numbers and a hilarious chemistry between the three characters, all of whom’s energetic stage presences make up for the minimal stage production.
Here’s the Twitter evidence of how well Snakes! The Musical has gone down.
First show of the Fringe, #SnakesTheMusical. Haven’t laughed that much in a long time. Excellent!
— David. ☺ (@moyolaaawn) August 21, 2013
Continuing on the line of uproarious comedy shows, Death Ship 666!, which was showing at the Free Fringe, was a fast-paced adventure parody where Titanic meets Airplane in a seamlessly flowing series of events where performers switch characters in seconds. The ambition and execution of this Box Step production has a sense of theatrical wonder rarely matched in any other free show.
#deathship666 was super funny, a titanic parody. If you like the movie airplane, watch this!
— San-D Godoy (@velvet_engine) August 20, 2013
— Rob Morris (@lemonfreshrob) August 20, 2013